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Book Review: Sacred and Mysterious

March 11, 2019

 

 

Goodreads Synopsis: Sacred and Mysterious includes dietary, herbal and lifestyle information to help support and care for the body throughout each phase of menstruation. It includes information on nourishing and strengthening the body as well as advice for treating symptoms of menstruation and pre-menstruation.

 

This is probably my favorite of all my reads for HEAL(er) Magazine. Thus far anyway. I’ll be keeping this book close to me for future reference.  

 

At 35 pages Sacred and Mysterious is more zine than a book, but it never feels too short. It’s divided into sections on diet, self-care, and herbal help for moods and everything else.  This is a great quote from the section on diet:

“The ticket is being able to engage in the process of food as a form of self-care and self-love, rather than an exercise in control, obsession or fear."

 

I liked this quote because in recent years I’ve had problems with eating too much when I’m emotional, but I also really enjoy food and cooking and I’ve been looking to find a better balance in my life.  This quote really got me thinking about my eating and cooking habits, and how I can change them.

 

Sacred and Mysterious is extremely easy to re-read if you need to look up something specific. For example, the other day I was listening to an acquaintance talk about their period and how they felt emotionally out of control, I picked up my copy and flipped to the pages about herbs for emotions and talked to them about chamomile and lavender teas.

 

Another section I enjoyed was the section on how to make tonic herbs. I love creating home remedies and now I have a good chunk of recipes in one place. The only question I had, that was never answered by the zine, was how does one go about finding some of these herbs? I don’t know about you but I’ve never found nettle leaf in a grocery store. Looks like I might have to take a foraging class one of these days!

 

I also really liked that this book never genders their audience. It very specifically says things like ‘’for those who menstruate’’ and I really appreciated this acknowledgement that many genders menstruate.

All in all this book is really great and useful. I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads and I hope you all can find a copy someday!

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